Started out in 1994, Delaware is an Alternative Pop/Rock band from Drammen in Norway.
Composed of Richard Holmsen (Vocals/Guitars), Jon Fredrik "Joffe"
Torgersen (Guitars/Vocals), Morten Ødegaard Skaret (Bass) and
Petter Laugerud (Drums), the band has a distinctive, original and
After the release of their first album "And Everything Reminds Me" in
2003, their second album "Lost in the Beauty of Innocence" released in
2006 confirms all the good impressions that their debut album left.
Interview with Morten Ødegaard Skaret and Jon Fredrik Torgersen,
bass player and guitarist/singer of Delaware:
S: When and how was "Delaware"
: The band
was formed back in 1999, but we got signed by Sony in 2003.
is the name of the band coming from?
Petter’s (the drummer) uncle runs a pig farm over in
we just thought it would
be funny to name
the band after Petter’s uncle’s choice of which
work and live in.
M: And again it's up to me to patch over Joffes lies… We
the name from an album by the Drop Nineteens. Nothing more, nothing
less. But it was a hell of a fight…
and when did all begin with music?
We began making music in our early teens. Not together, but in separate
projects. We came together as a band back in 1995.
are the positive and negative sides of being a musician in Norway?
The positive sides of being a musician in Norway, is that everybody who
really wants to be creative and make music, gets a chance to. It is
several funds that support young musicians, and if you are really
lucky, you can end up recording a record for free. But of course the
material has to be good then.
The negative sides are really hard to pin point. I mean there are
several things that make the music business hard for musicians
everywhere I guess. Lousy salaries, crappy back stages, scary managers
and so on. The scene in Norway is also pretty small compared to most
countries. That makes it more difficult to find the right people. It`s
also fever concerts to attend to and places to perform you own music.
We only have maybe four or five cities that are big enough for smaller
bands to play gigs in, and that’s a problem. It makes it
difficult to put together a Norwegian tour, unless you're
S: Do you feel anxious before a
We always do. It is part of being a musician I believe… We
to get almost sick, but that has changed. But the tickling sensation we
get now is a good thing. It helps you keep focused.
S: What musicians or artists had
an influence in your life and in your work?
Oh, that’s a though question. So many different artists have
inspired us over the years. Indie bands, rock bands, hardcore and so
on. Some of our favourite bands are Puressence and Muse. We have some
similar favourite bands, but mostly we listen to different music.
S: Do you remember what was the
first CD you bought?
No, not really. But the first CD that gave me inspiration to
make and play music was “Appetite for destruction”
M: My first cd, or actually it was an
"No Prayer For The Dying" by Iron Maiden.
you think the emotion is different between a song in English and in
It depends on the listener. People recognize music in very different
ways. Some songs appeal to metal heads and some to rednecks. That is
the beauty of music. When you write in norwegian, the meaning usually
comes out very clear to the Norwegian listener. When you write in
English it`s easier to be more subtle and leave the listener with
S: How could you define the
music of Delaware?
Delaware may vary from happy, uplifting, energetic and intense, to
melancholic, dark and thoughtful. In other words, - Happy and sad - ,
at the same time. One word that describes all of delaware's songs:
S: Do you agree with Victor Hugo
who said :"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad" ?
: Victor who(go)??? I don’t even know who that man is.
Was he Jamaican?
M: But it`s a good sentence. I think I would agree. It is turning
sadness into something beautiful.
S: When you write a song you
follow your heart, your brain or your hand?
best melodies appear when you follow your heart, but you have to use
your brain to put them into proper arrangements. And you need your
hands to perform them.
S: What is your favourite song
of Delaware and why?
Perhaps “As Teens”. The melody is simply great, and
the arrangement is absolutely awesome.
M: I have to go with “About You”. It`s a great
play live, I love the lyrics, and it brings back some good memories.
S: As musicians, what are your
feelings about internet?
: I like to watch naked ladies on the internet. But I’m
too fond of the fact that people can use it to get free music.
M: Same as Joffe only I like naked men. And horses.
S: Can you describe what is a
typical Delaware's day ?
: Sleep, eat, drink, masturbate, lousy TV shows, music and
M: Sleep, eat, drink, make out with girlfriend, lousy TV shows,
music and magazines…
S: What are your hobbies aside
Working out, VW beetle car building, vale tudo, xbox, FOOTBALL and so
S: Are you venturesome persons?
No, I don’t think so. I`m into rock-climbing and diving but
because of the dangers involved. I`d rather that it was 100% safe.
We`re more into drinking cold beers and bbq`ing around the world than
getting into danger ;)
S: Where would you like to play
in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit ?
I don’t think there`s a place we would not want to play!
Correction, we would not do a gig in Mogadishu or Sierra Leone.
That’s to venturesome…
We have been talking about doing a tour in the States, and
probably something we still want to do. We`ve also been
about China lately after a proposition was made… But nothing
S: Are there any things, which
you are afraid of? Do you have any fears?
Probably the same fears as everyone else. My biggest fear is something
happening to my loved ones. I think the biggest fear of the rest of the
guys is getting naked together with me.
is the best moment and the best place to listen to your music?
On a beach in Spain or somewhere warm with a bottle of something cold.
S: As my website is dedicated to
Manic Street Preachers maybe can you say some words about them?
a great band. I think the Norwegian public was made aware of them after
the release of "This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours". The song “If You
Tolerate This...” was a major hit on Norwegian tv and radio.
S: I know its a difficult
question, but if you would have to keep just one album from your CD
collection what album would it be?
For me I think it would have to be Jeff Buckley`s Grace. Or maybe Dire
Straits with Brothers in arms. Or if I was supposed to party a lot to
that one record, then maybe Clutch with Elephant Riders.
was the last song you listened to before the interview? And, if you
know, which one will be the next?
It was We Are Scientists with the song "After Hours". The next song is
going to be Morrisey with "All You Need Is Me". I got my ipod on random,
so this was an easy question.
you tell me the name of one French song, or singer, or band?
Solar, and Daft Punk of course. And Air.
S: And say something in French ?
Ohh la la bébé, cèst dur dur
S: What are your plans for the
We are working on a lot of new stuff, but we`re not going to rush
anything. So there will be more music coming from us, but we
don’t know when yet, and what format.
S: What can we "wish for" "you" ?
You can wish for us a productive music-year and the right lottery
ticket. And from us you should wish for the best album we`ve ever made.
S: And finally, whats the most
important thing in life for you?
friends, family, food and fitte.
MANY thanks to Delaware for the interview!
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